The Best World Building Questionnaire Ever

Last week I shared the Best Character Questionnaire Ever, to help my fellow writers be sure their characters are as well developed as possible. Now check out these 100+ questions to help you build an immersive world to lose your readers in.

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The Best-Ever Worldbuilding Questionnaire:

  1. Earth or not?
  2. Origin tales
  3. Folklore/legends/ prophecies
  4. Gravity effects if relevant
  5. Changes in the way time works
  6. Weather patterns/ severity
  7. Climate
  8. Geography
  9. Geology
  10. Ocean currents/ patterns
  11. Seismic/ tectonic activity
  12. Land-water ratio, waterway development
  13. Infrastructure/ Roads
  14. Long-distance travel means, speeds, times: air travel, trains, ships, etc
  15. Short-distance travel means, speeds, times: walking, busses, cars, etc
  16. Long-distance communication: Letters, phones, telegrams, etc.
  17. Short-distance communication
  18. Schools- education abilities at every age
  19. Colleges/ universities/ Higher education
  20. Are there both private and public educational institutions?
  21. Clothing- cultural variations/ status and wealth variances
  22. Religion- beliefs, buildings, practices
  23. Government type: Monarchy/ Democracy, etc
  24. Laws and Rules
  25. Constitutions and Rights
  26. Power structure within Government
  27. Power shifts/ changes of leadership- How, why, and lasting effects
  28. Politics- Do your citizens vote?
  29. What happens when laws are broken?
  30. Police/ law keepers
  31. Judges/ are there lawyers? Do citizens get to defend themselves?
  32. Jails/ Prisons
  33. Maintenance/ Garbage/ Sewage availability- who does this?
  34. Factories/ Industrial areas
  35. Banks/ Financial Institutions
  36. Cultural celebrations
  37. Holidays
  38. Looks/ hair styles/ beauty practices/ notions of beauty
  39. Technological advancement/ availability
  40. Music/ dancing
  41. Art/ artists/ types of materials available
  42. Roads/ road maintenance/ construction
  43. Animals/ wildlife/ insects
  44. Flowers/ plants
  45. Vegetation/ naturally growing food
  46. Farms and agriculture
  47. Entertainment- visual and musical
  48. Writing utensils/ paper
  49. Mail service/ offices/ delivery
  50. Contributions to Society
  51. Statues/ coliseums
  52. Social Structure
  53. Cultural Ideals
  54. Cultural History
  55. Events that shaped culture/ history
  56. How has the culture changed throughout history
  57. Cultural Customs
  58. Population
  59. Locations- city prevalence
  60. Landscapes
  61. Electricity/ power availability
  62. Relations and clashing between cultures/ peoples/ races
  63. Professions- common and specialty
  64. Traumatic events- plagues, natural disasters, etc
  65. Wars
  66. Military- Branches and leadership
  67. Magic- who gets it? How? When? How is it controlled/ regulated?
  68. Weapons- type and availability
  69. lineage and importance- royalty bloodlines
  70. Gender roles
  71. General health of populous
  72. Hygiene practices/ cleanliness
  73. Hospitals/ Clinics/ Doctors
  74. Medicine availability
  75. Medical practices
  76. Family structures
  77. Procreation practices/ laws
  78. Philosophies/ ideas
  79. Mechanics and engineering- Who designs/ builds large machines and structures
  80. Labor availability
  81. Architecture- Building designs and materials
  82. Tools- Availability, who makes them, what are they made of
  83. Resource extraction practices- mining, drilling for oil, etc
  84. Literature
  85. How is history passed on?
  86. Access to libraries, museums, cultural institutions
  87. Written languages
  88. Spoken languages
  89. Migration practices
  90. Immigration laws/ practices
  91. Scientific beliefs and practices
  92. Needs and wants of population
  93. News availability/ sources
  94. Markets
  95. What does prosperity look like here?
  96. What does poverty look like here?
  97. Common sports or games- Where and how are they played? What equipment?
  98. Flags
  99. Treatment and care of elders
  100. Treatment and care of children
  101. Handling and displaying of emotions
  102. Thoughts on personal space/ touching/ privacy
  103. Common body language/ rude body language
  104. Concepts/ Ideals/ celebrations of death
  105. Concepts/ Ideals/ celebrations of birth
  106. What is “normal” to them, but strange to us?
  107. What is “strange” to them, but normal to us?

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